Keeping the Momentum Going: Trip to La Union

The APYExPHL team arrived in San Fernando, La Union last 28 April for a 3-day community visit to meet with local partners and youth leaders from the City of San Fernando, in the province of La Union. Among the communities visited were: Barangays Pias, Bangbangolan, and Ilocanos Sur. The agenda of the meetings revolved around a thorough consultation with community leaders regarding proposed projects from the 6th and 7th APYExPHL delegates. Present at the visit were Chan Manahan (the Chief Operating Officer), Dionela Bigcas (Delegate Management Officer), Eka Menez (Knowledge Management Manager) Jazmin Tan, Knowledge Management Associate, and Nielly Clarete (Fellowship Program Associate).

Upon careful assessment and reconsideration, a total of 4 project proposals were approved to move forward for possible project implementation. Under the APYExPHL 6 program, sustainable development goals focused on decent work and economic growth (SDG 8) and climate action (SDG 13) were of priority in Barangays Pias and Bangbangolan; while APYExPHL 7 aims to also target on sustainable development goal on decent work (SDG 8), as well as water sanitation (SDG 6) at Barangay Ilocanos Sur.

The “P.I.S.O sa Pias” project was proposed by APYE 6 delegates; this project aims to provide financial literacy training to mothers and housewives equipping them with the basic knowledge and skills to manage money effectively. The project title “P.I.S.O for Pias” stands for Progressive and Inclusive Saving Organization. This project aspires to promote inclusive and sustainable economic stability, as well as awareness building on proper resource management.

Situated on the mountain hills of the City of San Fernando is Barangay Bangbangolan. Currently, “Kusina ng Kalinga,” a government program, caters to supply lunch dish to seven elementary schools, feeding over 2,000 pupils a day. In order to assist the program, delegates from SDG 13 proposed to strengthen community involvement by initiating their own organic farm. Through this project, the community will develop a sustainable supply chain for the community By providing the necessary equipment and training community members, an alternative source of ingredient supply for “Kusina ng Kalinga” may be implemented.

Project “UPraise”, proposed by delegates from SDG 8 , intends to create their own human capital development program policy recommendation, similar to an internship. The project will equip high school graduates and out-of-school youth skills on project management, marketing, and product development of the Sardines canning livelihood which is the Income Generating Project (IGP) of the community. The aim of this project is to expose the youth of Barangay Ilocanos Sur to an on-the-job training in order to transition smoothly into employment and professional work experience.

Zeroing in towards the sustainable development goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6), the project proposed envisions to lead a coastal cleanup drive that structures its reward system similar to that of a scrap trading business. The aim of the project is to instill community participation and awareness in proper waste management.

Upon consultation with the community, it was recommended that the two groups (SDG 8 and 6 of APYExPHL 7) should be joined together to develop an alternative income generating project (IGP) by utilizing the trash collected by SDG group number 6 and transforming them into cheap eco-friendly wallets or bag, or packaging for the existing IGP sardines business.

The APYExPHL Fellowship program aims to build the capacity to APYE graduates through through extended leadership development training, project implementation opportunities, and advocacy campaigns. By maximizing the potential of APYE graduates as empowered SDG advocates, graduates are mobilized to take ownership in the implementation of their projects. APYE Fellowship continues to support and to equip them to be effective development leaders.

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